Moorside Community Plot
In February 2019, the Association Committee decided that it would allow us to develop a Community Plot as a space to enjoy, gather and hold events that bring the Moorside Allotment community together more often that we currently do.
The plot, which is halfway up the middle lane on the left (coming from the ‘Trading Hurt’), needed a huge amount of work over the summer and autumn to clear glass, metal, wood and 40-odd years of assorted debris. (You may have seen the kind volunteers who spent months hard at work to clear it.) The plot had been in the hands of one very experienced and industrious gardener, John Reid, for decades. Sadly he had to give it up due to ill health. The giant pile of scrap wood which began to build up in September gave us the idea for First Fire Friday, a communal bonfire event with hot food and drinks which was held on 2 November 2018. Over 100 plot-holders and friends turned up and many said, ‘Why don’t we do more things like this, where people can get together?’
This led to a proposal to turn the plot over to the Moorside community and plan more, regular events throughout the year. There are a small band of volunteers who have kicked things off but the more people who get involved, the merrier to help us make a success of this: the Committee have rented us the single plot for only a year at first, and we’ll be running events and fun activities throughout the year to help us grow and develop the plot. These are likely to include summer barbecues, an autumn fire, weekend gardening demonstrations and seed-swaps, amongst other things. Above is an artist’s impression of how the plot could look, with plenty of space for congregating, fruit trees, flowers, shrub and veg borders, annuals area and sheltered seating (somewhere to eat your sandwiches on a hot summer’s day) – but we want to work with all plotholders to shape the design and use of the plot
Dates for your diary
Sunday 24 March
From 11am-1pm: please come and meet the volunteer group, help us pick small bits of glass and other debris from the plot and tell us what you’d like to see happen over the year ahead. Giving even 20 minutes of your time would be great - as we know, many hands make light work.
Easter Monday Spring Celebration 22 April
More News on this soon – In the meantime; we are looking for donations of old (but viable) seeds for our seed swap/sale; and any old garden tools in usable condition
More information will be posted on the Moorside Facebook group
If you want to get involved please let us know (just reply to this e-mail). We plan to circulate updates and event information via the Moorside email circulation list. Of course, if you’d rather not receive these emails, just let us know.
If you have unwanted plants – especially perennial flowers or herbaceous plants – please let us know as we will happily make use of your spare or divided plants
Our goal is to create a space for everyone to enjoy, a focal point for our community that means we can get to know each other better, and so we can help one another to be better growers and gardeners. We hope to see you there!
From the Community Plot Working Group
Rich, Emily, Ann, Beverley, David, Pattie, Frank